Meaning is in the eye of the photo beholder

Bryan Myles, director of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies, will be presenting Early Photography of Northwest Coast First Nations and narrating historical photos of First Nations communities dating back to the 1850s. The talk will be held on March 7 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Myles’s interest in historical photography…

Singer-songwriter with an unexpected message

The idea of kindness and the variations of love that co-exist within society is the topic Kinnie Starr will invoke at the next EMMA Talks.  “I’ve always been interested in platforms that are well-curated, like EMMA Talks or TED Talks,” says Starr. “Women’s voices are often phased out of a lot of arenas, so EMMA…

When art reflects life

Jane Byers and Kara-lee MacDonald will be reading their poetry at the Notional Space in East Vancouver, on Feb. 22, along with Elizabeth Bachinsky and Leanne Dunic. Both poets found their form of expression through poetry that speaks of resilience. Byers writes about LGBT history in her new book, Acquired Community (Caitlin Press, 2016) while…

Murals for the city

The next instalment in the Lulu Series: Art in the City will focus on the Vancouver Mural Festival. Co-founder and executive director of the Festival, David Vertesi, will be speaking on behalf of a group that strives to create connections and discussion with public art, at the Richmond City Hall on March 9. Murals as…

Mankind’s quest for utopia explored through dance

Greek-Canadian choreographer Paras Terezakis will be premiering his work In PENUMBRA as part of the 2017 Vancouver International Dance Festival March 1–4 at the Scotiabank Dance Centre.  Terezakis immigrated to Canada from Greece in 1979 where he pursued his dance studies at York University, Toronto Dance Theatre and Simon Fraser University. From a young age,…

An artist’s prickly journey

Language is not only important for survival but is crucial to communication. Gu Xiong, a tenured professor at UBC (Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory), showcases in R Space his solo exhibition of new works, Pins (Feb.11–March 31). “If you couldn’t express your ideas, you might lose your position in mainstream culture. Immigrants…

Dairakudakan – a quest for paradise

Japan’s longest-standing butoh company will be taking audiences on a visually spectacular quest for paradise in all its absurdly elusive forms. Internationally acclaimed butoh dance company Dairakudakan returns to this year’s Vancouver International Dance Festival (VIDF) with its latest work, Paradise, March 10–11 at the Vancouver Playhouse. “Choreographer and director Akaji Maro set his sights…

A neglected history: Hogan’s Alley

Hogan’s Alley has played a significant part in Vancouver’s history, yet is one aspect of this city’s past often ignored that goes unacknowledged by its citizens. The documentary, Secret Vancouver: Return to Hogan’s Alley, will be showcased by the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Seniors Lifelong Learning Society at SFU’s Vancouver campus on Feb. 18. Secret…

Documentary looks at life in refugee camps

After Spring, a 2016 documentary, uncovers life in the Zaatari Refugee Camp by following two families and an aid worker. The film is being presented at KDocs Film Festival, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s annual documentary screening event. The festival runs Feb. 16 to Feb. 19.  Since the start of the Syrian conflict six years ago, more…

Chocolate – a symphony to savour

Celebrate with chocolate, celebrate chocolate itself or do both. Eagranie Yuh, author of The Chocolate Tasting Kit, as well as the popular blog The Well-Tempered Chocolatier, is happy to share her expertise. “The Chocolate Tasting Kit (Chronicle Books, 2014) grew out of the classes as I wanted to give participants something to go home with,”…

Elle: a survivor’s journey

Firehall Arts Centre presents Elle, a play about a French aristocrat stranded on an island on the East Coast of Canada. Severn Thompson is the leading lady and also wrote the play as an adaptation of Douglas Glover’s novel of the same name. Christine Brubaker is the play’s innovative director. It will be live at…

When the ordinary becomes extraordinary

In the upcoming concert performance, Practices of Everyday Life/Cooking at the Western Front, a group of performers gather together to create a multisensory evening of enchanted play. Boundaries blur between matter, sound and what we perceive to be inanimate, as vegetables and cooking implements come alive.  “We work with the idea that the mundane becomes…

Artists break down communication barriers through comedy

Vancouver choreographer Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg met Italian choreographer Silvia Gribaudi at a dance space in Embra, Scotland. They took an interest in each other’s work. Presented by the Chutzpah Festival and The Dance Centre, Friedenberg and Gribaudi’s collaboration, empty.swimming.pool, a work that includes dance, theatre and comedy, will be on at The Scotiabank Centre Feb.…